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The record is made up of 1 item (223 folios). It was created in 15 Mar 1920-21 Oct 1920. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Translation of a letter dated 22 nd Rajab 1338(= 12 th
April 1920) from Bin Sa.ud to Hajor H.R,P. Dickson, C.I.E.,
Political .Agent, Bahrain.
After Compliments,
I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your
esteemed letter 6f 9th Rajab 1338 which contained the
telegraphic communication from the honoured Colonel
Wilson, Civil Commissioner, Baghdad, on the subject of
* :
Sharif Husain’s report that my forces burnt two villages
near Taif; that the attacking force consisted of Majd
tribes of Subaia, Bagura and ’Ataibah incited or lead by
Khalid; and that they had killed two men of Al-Harith
tribe. You remarked that you would be obliged by my
informing you of the true facts of the matter. I now
inform your honour of the facts. It is true that two
villages were burnt and some men were killed and others
captured. All that happened while l was at Hassa. The
real facts of the matter, as I now know them myself, will
appear to you from a perusal of the (enclosed) letters
of Khalid and Ibn Ghannam.
I did not hasten to send the news on to your honour,
even though I received it myself, for two reasons:
firstly, I know very well, as does also H.B.M’s Government
that the Sharif has always been sending up false reports
(and I wanted to see what he would do on this occasion)
Secondly, I supposed that perhaps the Sharif had laid the
blame on his own subjects of the borders of Hijaz who were
the real aggressors and had burnt tne two villages in
question; but (I now see) that he put it down to my
subjects. Further the man against whom Khalid and his
followers the said Subaia, Bagum and ’Ataibah had advanced
was Ibn Muharris of Ash-Shalawat (tribe) of Barabah who is
nf mv subiects. This man turned traitor it seems and

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Part 12 concerns British policy regarding the dispute between Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd, also referred to in the correspondence as Ibn Saud] and King Hussein of Hejaz [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, King of Hejaz]. Much of the correspondence relates to (unsuccessful) efforts by the British to arrange a meeting between the two rulers. The correspondence discusses conditions and arrangements for a proposed meeting at Mecca (as suggested by Bin Saud), immediately after pilgrimage [Hajj].

The correspondence goes on to discuss details of an armistice agreement made between King Hussein's committee and the Nejd deputation, at Mecca. A translation of the agreement states that the two parties agree to end all hostile movements and resume negotiations as soon as possible through the British government.

Also included are the following:

  • details of a proposed gift of £5000 from the British government to Bin Saud (plus an honorary GCIE – Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire);
  • proposals of a payment of £30,000 by the British government to King Hussein, on the condition that the King signs a treaty with Turkey [the Treaty of Sèvres, which began the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire];
  • a copy (in Arabic) of the aforementioned Treaty;
  • news of reports that King Hussein's son, Sherif Feisal [Fayṣal bin Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, also referred to in the correspondence as Amir Feisal], has been crowned King of Syria, and copies of translations of correspondence between Feisal and Bin Saud.

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File 2182/1913 Pt 12 'ARABIA: RELATIONS WITH BIN SAUD (AMIR OF NEJD) (HEJAZ-NEJD BOUNDARY DISPUTE)' [‎195r] (391/448), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/391/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 September 2019]

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